“Pappy” Time Is Almost Here

Rolling the Dice for Pappy Van Winkle

Ready to roll the dice and see if you’re lucky enough to get a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle?

(Updated October 19)
Well, it’s almost time. October. College football is in full swing –especially in the SEC — with all eyes on Mississippi, of all places, with two big games this weekend.

Many bourbon lovers also had their eyes on October 1 — which according to Old Rip Van Winkle’s Facebook site — is when wholesalers got there allotment numbers from Old Rip Van Winkle.… Read More

Bourbon — or at Least Whiskey — Is King of the Hill!

Pappy Van Winkle 20 YearI read a few articles this week proclaiming bourbon, or at least whiskey, as the conqueror of vodka.

If you’re a drinker, that’s a good thing.

Here is a sampling if you want to read the articles:

Whiskey, particularly bourbon, is everything that clear-eyed vodka is not. Color equals character, at least when it comes to spirits.… Read More

What A Week: Bourbon, Gurley and Hotty Toddy

Okay this week has been a tough one. You see I live in Georgia and went to the University of Georgia. The news that my beloved Dawgs had lost the best player in the nation, Todd Gurley, to an autograph scam was a little hard to swallow.

 Finding Weller 7 Year

W.L. Weller 7 Year

Nothing a few stiff drinks from a bottle of Weller 7-yr couldn’t fix, but nevertheless a bummer all around. I was happy to find Weller on the shelves at my local place today.  … Read More

Old Rip Van Winkle – A Story of Another Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle left his nagging wife, drank moonshine, and slept for at least 20 years. When he woke up, the world had changed.

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year

If he were to wake up today, he would find that a “left-for-dead” spirit, bourbon, is taking the world by storm and  his namesake distillery,  Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery produces some of the best 20-year bourbon around.

It’s called Pappy Van Winkle and it’s quite a treat if you can find it.… Read More

Josh Ozersky Offers “Idiots” Fill Ins for Pappy Van Winkle

Esquire MagazineI admit it. I love to read Esquire magazine. The edginess and yes, the women ain’t bad either. But, I’m happily married so I like the writing best — especially the articles on drinking bourbon.

Charles Pierce is always interesting as well. I don’t agree with a lot of what he says, but he’s passionate and thought provoking.  In the end, that’s the best compliment I can give to a writer of any kind. Whether I agree or not I keep reading and I…THINK.… Read More

Chasing Pappy Van Winkle, Best Bourbon in the World